Unknowing Quotes

Quotes tagged as "unknowing" (showing 1-10 of 10)
Anthony de Mello
“Every word, every image used for God is a distortion more than a description.”
Anthony de Mello, One Minute Wisdom

Anthony de Mello
“The Master made it his task to destroy systematically every
doctrine, every belief, every concept of the divine, for these
things, which were originally intended as pointers, were now
being taken as descriptions.

He loved to quote the Eastern saying "When the sage points
to the moon, all that the idiot sees is the finger.”
Anthony de Mello

Werner Heisenberg
“The positivists have a simple solution: the world must be divided into that which we can say clearly and the rest, which we had better pass over in silence. But can anyone conceive of a more pointless philosophy, seeing that what we can say clearly amounts to next to nothing? If we omitted all that is unclear, we would probably be left completely uninteresting and trivial tautologies.”
Werner Heisenberg

Fernando Pessoa
“I know not what tomorrow will bring.”
Fernando Pessoa

Frank Cottrell Boyce
“And in that moment, I felt my own ignorance spread suddenly out behind me like a pair of wings, and every single thing I didn’t know was a feather on those wings. I could feel them tugging at the air, restless to be airborne.”
Frank Cottrell Boyce, The Unforgotten Coat

Earl Lovelace
“I didn't know where it would lead. I wanted things to develop naturally.”
Earl Lovelace

Beth Morey
“I hear talk of that slippery slope, and my heart catches for a beat. But there is the musky truth I'm standing in that I can't deny, and it tastes of so much holy. That old way, the narrow line, I see now that was a slippery, saccharine surface where my soul could gain no purchase. For the first time, my feet feel sure beneath me, and that sense is twining its way up from my ankles, racing toward my knees, my thighs, my secret places, my heart. It's in my blood now, and I can't deny it. I can't deny it.

I open my eyes, because I could see even through my clutched-closed lids that the darkness is light, that the blindness has given way to searing vision.

I can't deny it.”
Beth Morey, Night Cycles: Poetry for a Dark Night of the Soul

Peter Heller
“I’m not sure of anything,” she said. “Which is almost wonderful.”
Peter Heller, Celine

“Many people are willing to learn techniques that help them live their lives. But the person who seeks to confirm their life at its roots by reaching beyond technique to the fundamentals—to true religion—is exceedingly rare. I find this state of affairs most regrettable. That is why I can’t help but urge you to refrain from evaluating your daily life on the basis of what you think you know, on the basis of collected data.”
Soko Morinaga, Novice to Master: An Ongoing Lesson in the Extent of My Own Stupidity

Sebastian Barry
“Because I thought it was still possible everything was all right. Why did I think that? Because I had not heard otherwise. I was in the middle of a mystery.”
Sebastian Barry, The Secret Scripture